HomeGroup Set-up in Windows® 7
What are the tips to set-up HomeGroup in Windows 7?
HomeGroup configures a group of Windows 7 computers on the same home network. Within this collection of computers, access to shared data is automatic once you become a member making it easy to discover, search for, and use files on multiple computers, as well as print to connected printers. The act of joining a homegroup facilitates the access to selected data between other computers in your home that are part of the homegroup. All versions of the Windows 7 Client Operating System can be shared in a HomeGroup. Even though all versions of Windows 7 Operating System can join the HomeGroup that has already been created only Windows 7 Home Premium, Enterprise, Professional or Ultimate can create a homegroup. HomeGroup has to be connected to a local area network and requires all your computers and media devices to be on the same subnet. For good functionality and highest quality experience, Microsoft suggests a Windows certified router also.
Advantages of HomeGroup and tips to create and join HomeGroup in Windows 7 are given below:
- Advantages of HomeGroup
- Procedure to create a HomeGroup
- Tips to join to a HomeGroup
Advantages of HomeGroup
HomeGroup is a feature in Windows 7 that allows you to connect two or more computers running on Windows 7. You can easily share your Music, photos, Video, and Document libraries as well as printers with others in your home. The new 'Share with' menu in Windows Explorer also provides a quick way to share additional libraries, files and folders or helps to keep the contents confidential. HomeGroup also automatically sets up sharing so that all media shared with the HomeGroup is accessible from Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, and other media devices at home.
Procedure to create a HomeGroup
A HomeGroup can be created on any home network by various ways. First within the Out of Box Experience (OOBE) when a Windows 7 computer is first connected to a network and 'Home' is selected as the network type. Secondly, after selecting 'Home' from the Network Location Wizard, the wizard will prompt the user to create a HomeGroup if no other HomeGroup is detected on the network. Another choice is by navigating to the HomeGroup mode within Windows Explorer while on a Home network, the option to 'Create' a HomeGroup will be presented to the user. Final option is that by navigating to HomeGroup in Control Panel, an option to create a HomeGroup will be presented. After the HomeGroup is created on the local computer, it is secured with a strong auto-generated password, firewall ports required by HomeGroup then issuccessfully opened.
Before the user is asked to join an existing HomeGroup on the home network, HomeGroup performs some verification to determine if it is allowed to ask the user to join that group. As a result, when the a computer joins the new home network and discovers the existing HomeGroup invitation on that network, the HomeGroup Provider Service inspects the invitation for details like the name of the HomeGroup creator, the number of PCs that belong to the group, a Peer Group Invitation for the HomeGroup and the time the HomeGroup was created. Using this data in the HomeGroup invitation, the HomeGroup service then decides whether or not to join the user. Once the correct password is supplied by the user and verification is successful to join the discovered HomeGroup, the HomeGroup Provider Service joins the computer to the shared peer group as specified in the HomeGroup invitation and retrieves information from it.
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